The Takata airbag death toll has risen to 11 in the United States.
Automotive defects and malfunctioning auto parts can cause serious accidents. It is important to have correct information regarding vehicles that have been recently recalled, what auto parts can be potentially dangerous, and what should be done in the event that your car has been listed for recall.
Takata Airbag Defect
Takata airbags recall affecting about 69 million airbags is touted to be the largest auto part recall in the history of the U.S. The Takata airbags have been under scrutiny since 2008. Recently, a 50 year-old woman in Riverside County, California, suffered a fatal accident in a 2001 Honda Civic. She was taken to the hospital where she died from severe injuries.
According to reports, the woman collided with a pickup truck that was making a left hand turn. While police officials attributed the accident to the left turn the woman took, her son pointed out to officials that she was driving at a speed of only 25 miles per hour. On September 30, 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that the death of the woman was caused by a defective ruptured Takata airbag, raising the Takata airbag death toll to 11. According to Honda, the car was recalled in 2008 and Honday had sent the victim several recall notices but no subsequent repairs were made.
The defect in the Takata airbags is due to the ammonium nitrate propellant used in Takata airbags. This solid chemical deteriorates over time, especially in areas with a humid climate. This deterioration causes build-up of excessive pressure inside the metal inflator, causing ruptures. When a car’s Takata airbag is deployed – explosively and at times without warning – the inflator ruptures and launches metal shrapnel at the occupants of the car. These cases are mostly reported in areas like Florida, Southern California, Texas, and other states along the Gulf Coast.
Take Appropriate Action
As a consumer, be vigilant about any automotive recall notices you receive. Keeping up with information about the latest recalls and safety issues about your vehicle can protect you from auto defect-related accidents. Vehicle owners whose vehicles have been recalled should contact their dealership about a replacement or a loaned car until the issue is fixed. The NHTSA’s website, SaferCar.gov, provides the latest information about recalls and auto defects. You can look up recent recall information and search for information using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) located above the dashboard near the driver’s side under the windshield.
Chicago Car Crash Lawyer
If you have been injured in a car accident because of negligence, speak to a Chicago car crash lawyer from Willens Law Offices. Call us at (312) 957-4166 for a case evaluation.